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Feast your eyes on the key players hoping to be crowned World’s Strongest Man 2017…

It’s the festive season, which can only mean one thing. Nope, we’re not talking about stuffing your face with mince pies. We’re talking about World’s Strongest Man

World’s Strongest Man 2017: Giants Live, from Monday 18 December, 6.30pm, Channel 5/HD (CH 105/150). Also available for 7 days in Catch Up > Channels > Channel 5

Grab your Atlas Stones, hurl some kettlebells and bench press your car, because the race to be named 2017’s World’s Strongest Man is about to begin. 

The ultra-popular festive sporting staple is now in its 40th year, and to celebrate this milestone Channel 5 is broadcasting all four qualifying events and the grand final. 

The muscle-bound run of television begins in Scandinavia, before moving to Britain, the United States and finally Botswana, where the cream of the strongman crop will gather to fight for the title of 2017 World’s Strongest Man.


It’s going to be big. It’s going to be brutal. It’s going to be bicep-bulgingly brilliant. But who are the half-dozen competitors you really need to watch? Down a protein shake, do 20 press-ups and then read on as we reveal all.


Your 6 contenders to watch


The Defending Champion

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Brian Shaw

Age: 35

From: United States

Nickname: Gigantor

Height: 6ft 8in

Weight: 30st 2lb

Fun fact: The four-time World Strongest Man champion takes in more than 12,000 calories per day. 


The British Behemoth

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Eddie Hall

Age: 29

From: Great Britain

Nickname: The Beast

Height: 6ft 3in

Weight: 29st 3lb

Fun fact: Hall is the only human being to have deadlifted 500kg. Yes, that is half a tonne! 


The Ice King

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Name: Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson

Age: 29

From: Iceland

Nickname: The Mountain

Height: 6ft 9in

Weight: 29st 7lb

Fun fact: Last year’s runner-up holds the world record for fastest 20m carrying two fridges. His time? An astounding 19.6 seconds.


The Tyre-Flipping Titan

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Name: Jean-François Caron

Age: 35

From: Canada

Nickname: N/A

Height: 6ft 2in

Weight: 22st 8lb

Fun fact: The Canadian smashed the world record for the heaviest tyre flip when he flipped a 1,350lb (650kg) tyre four times


The Lithuanian Legend

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Name: Žydrūnas Savickas

Age: 42

From: Lithuania

Nickname: Big Z

Height: 6ft 3in

Weight: 26st 8lbs

Fun fact: Savickas is the only person to win every modern strongman competition.


The Film Extra

Name: Laurence Shahlaei

Age: 34

From: Great Britain

Nickname: Big Loz

Height: 6ft 2in

Weight: 24st 8lb

Fun fact: Shahlaei has appeared in both The Golden Compass and Kingsman 2.


World's Strongest Man 2017: Giants Live
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